*2000-Fort Hall, Idaho 2001- Shoshone Nations * 2001 -Fort Hall, Idaho - Honoring Our Elders * 2002 - Lawton, Oklahoma *
*2003 - Ft. Washakie, Wyoming - Preserving Our Traditions * 2004 – Elko, Nevada - We are all Related *
*2005 - Fort Hall, Idaho * 2006 - Lawton, Oklahoma - Our Families Coming Together *
*2007 – Reno, Nevada - Sharing Our Similarities in Language, Culture & Traditions *
*2008 – Ft. Washakie, Wyoming - Don't Forget the Language *
*2009 -Lawton, Oklahoma - Many Trails, One Purpose, Survival of the People*
* 2010 - Ft. Duchesne, Utah - Singing Our Songs, Traditions, Language Back to Life *
*2011 - Elko, Nevada - Continuing Our Traditions*
*2012 - Jackson Hole, Wyoming - Shoshoni Homelands - Always Remembered, Never Forgotten*
2013 - Ft. Hall, Idaho - All of Us People Gather* 2014 - Lawton Oklahoma*
2015 Elko, Nevada - Our Great Basin Language through Language & Song
The Shoshone Reunion was organized and began in 2000 at Fort Hall, Idaho. The idea was discussed for many years before with questions of traditions and origins of the Shoshone Tribes and the Comanche which broke away, and also the relationship of the Ute and Paiute tribes. A small interested group of individuals gathered at Ft Hall and decided to explore and establish the truths that surround the relationships. The motivating factors were: Tribes were miles apart up to 3,000 miles or so and spoke the same language. The historical fact was that they were together as one group living and existing in close proximity to one another. A number reasons were posed for the separation of the tribes who now have established reservations and home land areas in several states. There was a desire to reunite and learn about each other.
Individuals from these tribes had contacts and friends whom they visited in these areas, also school attendance in school near the tribes caused people to explore the similarities in language and traditions. In addition, Tribal members worked in the areas of the tribes which created even more curiosity among the elders who readily accepted the close relationship. The most posing question may be the Comanche Nation and it distant existence with few Shoshone and Comanche families visiting for long periods of time and also being in contact for religious purposes which was namely, Peyote.
The growth of the use of Peyote created a more intense reason to promote communication. As a result some intermarried and lived among the Comanche or likewise among the Shoshones. A great impact was made with Shoshones and Comanche working together as career objectives. Most information has been put together by non Indian Anthropologists, Teachers, Explorers, Linguists and writers and others. Though this is a valuable service, it does not include in-depth information about tribal customs and traditions but mostly history since the Government's involvement with the tribes.
With this basic knowledge, The Ft. Hall Shoshone-Bannock Tribe hosted the first reunion. They hosted the Second reunion as well, with concurrence from tribes attending. The interest grew and the Comanche Nation hosted the Third Reunion. The Eastern Shoshone tribe hosted the Fourth reunion in Wyoming. The Fifth Reunion was hosted by the Shoshone Tribes in Elko, Nevada. The Sixth Reunion was held in Fort Hall, Ida. by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Every reunion provided much Information, shared customs, and traditions in many phases of tribal living. Highlighted in every reunion was the hospitality that each tribes extended to its visitors. The histories began to come together and the tribes seem to become comfortable with each other. Ideas began to flow so that the two day events seem to be too brief so it is extended to three days. Much consideration was given to the climate and the season that would be comfortable to visitors from other states. Many areas are acknowledged and groups honored. But through each one the fact that we are One People in language and tradition but learn new customs in food and practices which makes us more knowledgeable and proud to be together.
-Late Reeves Nahwooksy
The Shoshonean Reunion XVII has tentatively been scheduled for June 2016. It is being hosted by the Eastern Shoshone Tribe in Wyoming.
Be sure to go to www.shoshoneanreunion.com for updated registration and agenda information once their committee finalizes things.